Below are some of our most frequently asked questions. If you have a question not listed please contact us. We look forward to assisting you.
Why do some competitors post higher decibel reduction numbers?
It is difficult to accurately compare products on the market based on posted decibel reduction numbers because results can vary greatly based on the methodology of testing. Basically what it comes down to is that location of testing sites will differ and therefore provide different results - Click here to see how we test.
The law of diminishing returns apply on single-wall and double-wall sound enclosure systems. Once your seals are solid, an increase in wall thickness does not substantially increase sound reduction. Also, there are no lightweight “high tech” materials that make a substantial difference. Solid mass and decoupled walls with airspace between them are the best solution.
We pride ourselves in providing the best product in our class with professional results internationally. What we can guarantee is that we use the highest rated sound reduction materials in the manufacturing of VocalBooths while at the same time keeping mobility and affordability in mind.
What size VocalBooth will I need? Please review our sizing page which includes diagrams of VocalBooths for various applications - VocalBooth Sizing
Can I get replacement parts?
You may simply contact your sales representative or VocalBooth.com directly to request replacement parts. Depending on the reason for replacement and/or the part requested a fee may be charged.
What type of warranty do you offer? Any defects in materials or workmanship will be repaired or replaced at our factory location within five years from date of purchase. This warranty does not cover damage that results from misuse, mishandling, abuse, vandalism, alteration, or lack of reasonable care. Any alterations to VocalBooth products without written consent from VocalBooth.com, Inc nullify this warranty.
All sound rooms are for indoor use only and are not 100% soundproof. Sound rooms are modular, non-permanent, stand-alone structures without electrical wiring. Compliance with local and national building codes is purchaser's responsibility. We use non-toxic water based paints. Touch up paint may be necessary. All panels and parts are standard sized building materials. Most tolerance levels rated at 1/4". Sound rooms will not withstand human weight or storage above ceiling. Vocalbooth.com Inc. will not compensate for assembly or time loss due to non-booth usage.
Receipt of signed quote with approved company purchase order (when applicable) initiates fabrication and delivery process. This is a custom product made to order with no return policy. Any returns considered are made solely at the discretion of VocalBooth.com Inc. Any returns accepted will require customer to pay for all shipping charges and a 15% restocking fee with product returned by customer in "like new" condition. Customer will be liable for damaged returns. If default is made in the payment of any sums due to VocalBooth.com Inc., the customer agrees to pay all necessary and reasonable attorneys’ fees, court costs and other expenses incurred by VocalBooth.com Inc. which are necessary and reasonable for collection of the sums due to VocalBooth.com Inc.
How much does a VocalBooth weigh?
The weight of your VocalBooth is obviously determined by its size. You can calculate approximately the weight of your VocalBooth by the type and number of panels. A standard panel is 4' x 8'. Smaller sized VocalBooths such as a 6' x 6' will have a 4' and a 2' wide panel to make up a 6' wall. You can divide the weight listed below for these standard panels accordingly.
A blank 4' x 8' panel weighs approximately 75 lbs. a panel with a window will also weigh approximately 75 lbs. The door panel will weigh approximately 160 - 200 lbs. (Moving the door panel will need the help of more than one person for installation.) The floor and ceiling are considered blank panels and weight determined by size.
What tools will I need to set up my VocalBooth?
Only standard tools are required for assembly. We recommend a fully charged, powered screw driver, with a backup battery.
Where can I can see a VocalBooth?
We have customers throughout the US and overseas. Unfortunately, many are located in private studios. However, we are more than happy to connect you with some of the public faculties and business who have agreed to welcome guests.
You are also welcome to visit our factory in Bend, Oregon at anytime. We can have your model of booth assembled for your review. Please be sure to give a few days advance notice so we can be sure to have it ready for you. Also, any VocalBooth.com sales representative is ready and willing to discuss with you the best solution for your application.
Can I change window and door placement later on?
Yes, all panels are interchangeable for each series as long as there is a panel with the same width. Our unique modular design allows you to decide where the door, window and vent panels go when you assemble. At any time you can choose to have your window panel on the left or the right side. When ordering you must determine which side your door swings open—where the hinges are placed on the left or right side. This feature can be only changed by repurchasing a door.
How do microphone cables and electric lines enter a VocalBooth?
Our cable ports, which are 3 ½" ports in the wall, allow cables into the VocalBooth. Once your lines that you desire our placed, seal the cable port with the acoustic foam provided. Additional cable ports can be installed at no extra charge.
How soundproof is a VocalBooth?
The best way to understand sound reduction is to determine how you will use your new VocalBooth. For recording in our Silver and Gold Series VocalBooths, most if not all environmental noise outside your building (with windows and doors closed) will not read on your tracks.
Though the Silver and Gold Series are both a single-wall design the Gold Series has an increased sound reduction. Most ambient office noise (40db to 50db) should not read on your tracks as well as speaker monitors kept in this decibel range. For use as practice rooms, loud singing and shouting is heavily muffled. Drums and amplified instruments are greatly subdued. With your studio doors and windows closed, other rooms and other tenants should not hear acoustic instruments and loud vocals from inside your VocalBooth.
For our Platinum Series, sound reduction performance is enhanced over the Silver and Gold Series and allows louder monitoring. The Diamond Series is available in either the Gold or Platinum Series. Please contact a VocalBooth.com representative to help you identify your critical needs and to ensure a perfect solution.
What are VocalBooths made of?
VocalBooths are fully enclosed rooms which include wall, floor and ceiling panels. Our main components are ¾" OSB with exterior 1/8" acoustic fabric. Depending on which series you go with the interior will differ. The Silver Series wall construction is 1/8" acoustic fabric, ¾" OSB and 2" acoustic foam. The Gold Series is 1/8" acoustic fabric, ¾" OSB, ½" sound board and 2" acoustic foam. The double-wall designed Platinum Series is 1/8" acoustic fabric, ¾" OSB, ½" sound board, 2" acoustic foam, ¾" OSB and 1/8" acoustic fabric. Our Diamond Series is available in either our Gold or Platinum Series construction.
We use the highest quality materials in our manufacturing. Our layering process of OSB board and sound deadening board is overall better than a single layer MDF board system. We prefer our OSB layering to MDF due to its sound attenuation properties and its high resistance to warping, cracking and breakage during transport and assembly. The Gold, Platinum and Diamond Series use a solid wood triple sealed door compared to the Silver Series foam core single sealed door. Silver and Gold Series windows are double paned and the Platinum triple paned.[/accordion] In addition to our standard VocalBooths which include lighting, cable ports, active ventilation, wall-to-wall acoustic gray foam or acoustic fabric interior we offer many additional options. All windows are optional. Wall window sizes are either 3' x 3' or 3' x 6' (must have an 8' wall). Door widows are available in either 1' x 2' or 2' x 2.5'.
We offer many optional exterior colors. You can change the color of your interior with either different colored Auralex Foam or a fabric wrapped interior. For easy mobility and floor separation we can add a caster wheel base. You may also opt for a beautiful hardwood floor. We also offer height extension or height reduction to your specs.
If you are in need of wall mounts for monitors or other devices we can provide this to your specifications. If you would like your ventilation ceiling mounted rather than wall mounted there is no charge. High Capacity Output ventilation systems are available. We are more than happy to build custom booths to your exact specifications. Additional fees apply for most of our upgrade options.
What sizes are available?
Our Silver Series is available in 4' x 4' only. The Gold and Platinum Series are available from 4' x 4' and up to 16' x 24' and are expandable at a later date if desired. Our Diamond Series is available in four sizes, 3 Carat (approximate volume of a 4' x 4'), 5 Carat (approximate volume of 5' x 5'), 10 Carat (approximate volume of 6' x 6') and 14 Carat (approximate volume of 7' x 7'). Custom sizes are also available.
Is a VocalBooth easy to put together?
Two able bodied persons can install a 4' x 4' Silver Series VocalBooth in under an hour. There are no tedious small parts to assemble and the only tool you will need is a screwdriver for putting on the doorknob. Our design is uncomplicated and the written directions are straightforward. Window and doors are preinstalled within the panels. Our Gold Series VocalBooths take a little more time and some of our larger VocalBooths may need a cordless drill.
How does shipping work?
VocalBooth panels are stacked and sealed into a large plywood crate. The crate is loaded by fork lift onto a large freight truck and then shipped to the local hub in your city. With your provided tracking number you make an appointment with the freight company for delivery. Standard shipping charges do not include unloading from the truck.
If you choose not to unload the truck yourself, for an additional fee you can request the option from us for “inside delivery”. Panels fit into all standard doorways and hallways. Two able bodied persons can easily carry each panel. The Gold and Platinum Series door panels are more cumbersome and may need one or more persons. Within the continental US delivery time is usually 2-5 business days depending on your location.
How does the ventilation system work?
Our custom designed standard ventilation system offers in/out airflow while at the same time keeping the noise generated by moving air to a minimum. A remote fan unit connects via a flexible duct to our active vent exhaust. Warmer air is actively pulled from the VocalBoothand travels through a baffle box. The air pulled from the VocalBooth is replaced by cooler ambient air from the surrounding environment which passes through a separate passive baffle box.
Our ventilation system exchanges air once every five minutes. All fan units come with an on/off switch that can be placed inside or outside your VocalBooth. In addition to the standard ventilation system we offer a High Capacity Output Unit which increases airflow my nearly double that of the standard system.
After setting up my VocalBooth can I move it?
This is another great feature of our booths. Our rooms can be assembled and disassembled an unlimited amount of times. The ease of which the booth was assembled will be the same result in the deconstruction and moving of the booth to another location within the same premises or to another. For moving to another location you will be able to place all of the booth panels within a van or truck with ease. We can provide an additional crate (small fee) if you need to ship or package the booth. If you will be moving the booth often within the same premises you may want to consider a caster wheel base for easy mobility.
Will a VocalBooth work for my application?
There are many different applications in which a VocalBooth is successfully used. Most commonly a VocalBooth is used for recording, voice over, broadcast, studio control, audio post production, drum isolation, rehearsal, audiology, scientific testing, industrial sound dampening, conferencing and karaoke. Please contact a VocalBooth sales representative to help you identify your critical needs and to ensure a perfect solution.
What type of sound can I expect recording in a VocalBooth?
We have engineered our VocalBooths to allow for optimum audio replication. Whatever you may be recording or testing, you can expect a non-colored, clean audio reproduction for your sculpting endeavors. Your sound is only as good as the source and our VocalBooths allow for a controlled environment for superior recordings.
What difference will a VocalBooth make with my recordings?
A VocalBooth helps to create a more controlled recording/ isolated environment. It will greatly reduce and possibly eliminate current background and/or outside noise. This will allow you to sculpt vocals, instruments and/or test materials without unwanted ambient noise. Our fully enclosed VocalBooths will provide a substantial separation from the existing room.